Electric Avenue slot review
Electric Avenue slot by Microgaming via All41Studios is, well, meh. Ever been to Thailand and bought a fake Rolex watch for forty bucks? Well this game is the equivalent of that knock-off product, cheap and inferior in every possible way to the item it emulates, Big Time Gaming's classic Danger High Voltage and it's subsequent improvement, Lil' Devil slot. We get tinny synth music, daft 1980's symbols and a Miami beach scene at dusk behind the reels. Yep, don't be fooled into thinking that like the BTG games you get original licensed music (Electric Six's and The Cult's respectively) in the form off Eddie Grant's Electric Avenue - you don't. So will our bankroll be electrified if we take it down this tacky avenue?
On The Reels...
Yes, you get 4096-ways over 4 rows and 6 reels with single and stacked symbols. Wilds can appear on the centre 4 reels as stacked characters with 2x on reel 2 up to 5x on reel 5 but only 2 can appear with multipliers in any spin, the others will be 1x if getting more than 2. Your 6-of-a-kind pays are 25x Ghetto Blaster, 5x Polaroid Camera, 2x Trainers or Rubik's Cube, 1.25x Sunglasses or Can with 4 card suits at 1 or 0.75x for a full way. Scatters are in the form of a DeLorean car.
Three or more DeLoreans earns you a choice of free games.
Electric Spins - 7 spins, a random symbol is selected as a Wild and will stick in place when landing anywhere on the centre 4 reels. Fill a reel and get 3 extra spins.
Neon Spins - 10 spins with a Wild Wheel reel possible anywhere in the centre 4 reels which will multiply 11, 22 up to 55x if involved in wins, lands on avergae every 2 spins but no guarantee you'll get a win. You can retrigger this round.
As most rip-offs are, this cheap copy is inferior in every way to DHV slot. The only good thing is the 96.37% RTP. The music is rubbish, the theme naff, the graphics cheap and animations nasty. The volatility is also lower as you can only get a 20x maximum multiplier via Wilds in the base game, unlike the 216x possible on DHV. The Electric Spins are identical to DHV but the Neon spins don't give you the 66x maximum multiplier so with the symbol pays the same, there's less potential. At least other developers mostly admit defeat to BTG in the innovation stakes and simply bite the bullet to pay for their own licensed Megaways versions for example. Alas the alarming decline of Microgaming's creativity in the last few years has meant them producing cheap copies via smaller studios, for example Book of Oz slot, based on a Novomatic mechanic. The nearest we get to anything decent or original now is Immortal Romance - Remastered!
Your fake Rolex I mentioned above at least looks like a Rolex from a distance, but the glass, materials, mechanism and everything else is utter garbage compared to the authentic product. That just about sums up this atrocity of a slot game - garbage you don't want to waste your time and money on, ever...